The More We Learn The Less We Know

Feb 28, 2016

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

There's an old saying, "The more you learn, the less you know," or if it's not an old saying, it should be. For everything that you learn, you realize just how much you don't know. Every answer leads to several more questions. On Tuesday night Fr. Quinn mentioned hyper-links in his talk, and it is a great example of this. If you've ever done research on the Internet and hit upon a hyper-link, which in turn led you to more information, and of course, more hyper-links. The next time you looked at the clock it was 3:00 in the morning, and you had not written a single paragraph.

At times, we think we know all there is about our faith, or at least all we need to know. We Catholics joke about not knowing the Bible. But when you think about that, it is very sad. It is the holy Word of God, the core of our faith, and how many of us truly know it? I don't mean memorizing a handful of versus, I'm talking about knowing the stories and messages of the Scriptures, understanding what it meant then, and more importantly, how they relate to us in the here and now. How much time do you spend reading the Bible? (Not counting the readings at mass.)

Then there are all of the Church documents and the rest of our 2000 years of Tradition. Have you ever read any of those Church documents? How about any of the document of the Second Vatican Council? What was the last book your read about Catholicism? "This is our faith, we are proud to profess it," but do we truly know what we are professing?

One last thought. Consider how much time you spend reading and researching about your job, your hobby, or just for entertainment. How does that compare to the time you spend learning more about your faith and your God?

In the Redeemer,

Fr. Rick